Obviously, Ainge and Rick Clausen have a better grasp of the passing game after splitting playing time in 2004. Another factor that could produce more passing in 2005 is the absence of a proven backup tailback behind Gerald Riggs. Ainge says the Vols have plenty of quality candidates, however.
Yet another factor that could cause UT to throw more this fall is a glut of talent at receiver. Robert Meachem, Chris Hannon, Jayson Swain, C.J. Fayton and Bret Smith are proven players. Smith was the only one who saw significant action Saturday but he responded with six catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Asked for his impressions on Saturday's offensive output, Ainge smiled and replied:
"We can be pretty good when we keep the ball in the offense's hands. We can be scary."